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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1044   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Taras Boulba is the perfect session beer — loaded with complex yeast flavors, hopped to perfection, and as drinkable as any beer you’ve ever tried. At 4.5% alcohol, it’s built for drinkability — we suggest buying it by the case.

You’re no doubt wondering where the name comes from and what the hell the foreign text says. It’s all been explained to us by the brewers, but we’re still not entirely clear about it. What we can understand is that a young Flemish man has gone and married a French-speaking Wallonian girl, and his father, Taras Boulba, is very angry. (Smeirlap means ‘fool’ in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow.)

This is all a bastardization of the original story by Gogol, whose protagonist was Ukrainian (Zaporozhian Cossack, specifically), and a Protestant. His son marries a Polish girl, a Catholic, during the religious war between the two countries in the 1600s, and the Ukrainian father simply kills his son to eliminate the shame.

Packaging: 330ml bottles; 6/750ml cork-finished champagne bottles, 30L kegs

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3.7
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a white head...foamy at first. Smells like basically a hoppy saison...a lot of the earthiness/"rustic" flavors but a hoppier backbone. Enjoyable.

4.8
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2010
This is excellent. A "wonderful" aroma, according to my wife, this is very crisp, has a nice tasty light hop, a hint of sweetness. Really top notch.

3.9
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Draft at the Avenue Pub, NO. Quite light but nearly opaque. Nice creamy head. Sweet fruity aroma and a nice light body with a distinct citric bite. (#4031, 12/13/2010)

3.5
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at Hamilton’s. Hazy orangish pour. Sweet mid fruit, light hops, some floral and grass. Listed on the board as an Belgian IPA. Nice, but not great.

3.5
gyllenbock (9177) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange with a good looking thick head. Aroma of spices, earth, malt, yeast and a lot of hops. Refreshing and very dry taste of fruit, spices and some earth. Quite bitter. An interesting low alcohol beer.

3.4
mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
New Beer Distributors 11.2oz ($3.75): Pours a white head over a hazy orange body. Aroma is of dry hops and spice, along with a tiny bit of fruitiness. Taste is a somewhat hoppy, more than the norm for Belgans, but far below a mild American APA. Belgian yeast taste in background. Almost no sweetness. Definitely on the dry side. Very light bodied. Prohibitive cost for a little beer, but a pretty good beer nevertheless. I just purchased it because of the name (what Ukrainian could resist it?).

3.3
Nadia_Vincent (11) - BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2010
Lightly hazy gold. Small dense white head. Fresh, floral, spicy hops with crisp, grainy malt. Flavor is similar, lightly musty with some fruitiness. Dry on the finish. Medium body, well carbonated yet soft. Very good, easy to drink.

3.3
rondphoto (4448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Typical Belgian wheat ale with a hoppy finish. Well done, but not remarkable.

3
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
[3329-20100810] Tap. Spicy straw yeast aroma with mild toast and a little wheat grass. Slightly hazy, light brown orange body with a big medium-lasting foamy off-white head and some lacing. Light wheat and straw grass flavour. Medium body. Little bland and boring but otherwise fine.
(@ Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels, Belgium)

3.7
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle pours light amber with large, frothy, off-white head. Aroma of flowers and some citrus. Flavors of herbs, grapefruit, banana, and butterscotch.


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